Port Houston is starting work on a new 25-acre empty container yard with its stevedoring and marine terminal services provider Terminal Link Texas (TLT).
The development will take place inside Port Houston's Bayport container terminal in Texas, US, and will allow TLT to increase its overall stacking capacity by 80%.
This will improve container freight station activities and maintenance and repair operations.
The new container yard will also support any further container volume growth for Port Houston, which saw an increase of 14% for the first half of 2017.
Handling around two-thirds of all containers that move through the US Gulf of Mexico, Port Houston's growth is expected to continue as petrochemical facilities expand across the Houston ship channel and produce more plastic resins to export.
The port expects the container yard to be completed by July 2018.
Upon completion, Bayport container terminal will consist of seven berths.
As part of the lease agreement between Port Houston and TLT, the company will construct and use the fortified 25-acre container yard at Bayport and return 14 existing acres to Port Houston.